The Deering Vega that Bob and I both had was a fine banjo. In fact, quality wise it was worlds ahead of every vintage Pete Seeger I've played. It did not, however, sound like an old one. The modern Vega uses a thicker, Bluegrass-style pot and an 11" rim, neither of which is found on a vintage example. So while the newer banjos are built wwwaaayyy better, and are actually much more versatile-they don't sound like an old one. Not a bad thing at all, but simply my observation.
I still have the '61 that I bought when I bid my Deering adieu in Colorado. It's very representative of the breed, and with the dowel stick construction among the most "authentic" to what was used by the KT. It sounds just like you hope it would.
Due to some issues with my right hand, I seldom play the banjo anymore. When I do, like Bob, I play a standard neck. I have a lovely Sullivan flat head that I enjoy. I suppose I should peddle the Vega, but I know I'd miss it some day.
How ya doing, Bob? I need to call you one of these days and get back up to speed!